Thursday, August 14, 2014


Mike Napoli:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .265.  Napoli has provided everything that was expected out him which is often overlooked in the yearly chaos that is fantasy baseball.  UTIL/CI bat he remains.

Kyle Gibson:  7.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.96.  The K's are light and Gibson has little margin for error but in AL-only leagues he has been pretty solid since late June. 

Joe Mauer:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .276.  Mauer just returned from the DL which is why it is no surprise he got off to a nice start since his body is feeling good.  What happens next year though when Mauer loses catcher eligibility?  He still will get drafted due to name brand but does he deserve to be?  Not sure.

Adam Dunn:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .222.  Dunn has homered for two games in a row which means he is on his usual 5-home runs in 7 days power surge which comes two or three times a season.  Pick him up for the next five days.

Jake Peavy:  1 ER in 7 IP with a 3.86 ERA in the NL.  Yeah life in the NL West is sweet.

Trevor Bauer:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.35.  We keep waiting for Bauer to finally make that jump to stardom but so far he is taking the Homer Bailey five year plan.  The arm is terrific when it wants to be which keeps us all interested at the expense of our ratios.  Maybe next season. 

Rhymer Liriano:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .222.  Liriano was as hot as a tamale before his recall and there is some solid pop here with more speed which makes a play here worthwhile in all formats.  The K's will be plentiful though so a .260 average could be the most we can expect out of the gate.

Ian Kennedy:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Not his best start but Kennedy has been a terrific value play all season.  HIs home run tendencies never worked well in Arizona and like with Phil Hughes in Minnesota, the ballpark is all that was needed to help boost his sagging fantasy baseball value to the solid SP 3 he is today.

Jered Weaver:  6 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.66.  Now just a six inning pitcher with vastly diminished velocity, Weaver needs to write a manifesto for Justin Verlander and Matt Cain to read on how to remain useful despite as much.

Kendrys Morales:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .225.  Pick him up.

Hisashi Iwakuma:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.72.  Two seasons in a row now of ace-like pitching.  Believe.

Matt Joyce:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .281.  Hey a home run out of Joyce and it is not even the fist half of the season.

Chris Archer:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.24.  Imagine if you streamed Archer in this one.  And really you should stream any starter going against Texas.  Wow never thought I would say that.

Javier Baez:  2/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .268.  Wow.  Drooling has commenced.  Won't stop until Baez is looking back at me on my roster next season.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 27th HR while hitting .278.  Same goes here except my drooling for Rizzo has gone on since 2012.

Jason Vargas:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.27.  Vargas is toting a tidy 1.20 WHIP too.  And yup he pitched at home.  Amazing how that always works here.

Francisco Cervelli:  1/2 with his second HR and first SB while hitting .293.  If you had Cervelli in the lineup than you likely have not checked it in weeks and are now invested in fantasy football.

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .287.  Jones is already settling near the numbers and paces he had in 2013 and 2012.  Not that we ever doubted him.  Many others did.  Check my e-mail.  Silly people.

Michael Pineda:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.82.  No sightings of pine tar!  Pineda has always pitched well when on the mound so pick him up where available.  He has about another 1.5 starts left before he grabs his shoulder again.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.68.  Something about the second half of the season turns Tillman into Greg Maddux.

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .262.  I did say at the beginning of the season that Castellanos would not hit many home runs.  But he was supposed to hit at least .280.  Disappointing.

Travis D'Arnaud:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .230.  Tough to count on D'Arnaud after he was so bad for so long but he has looked like a very competent hitter since his return from the minors.  On the radar strongly as my classic discounted catcher candidate with upside for next season. 

Jordan Zimmerman:  6.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.92.  No surprises here.  Zimmerman is awesome.  Talk about him please. 

Justin Masterson:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 6.00.  Wow he actually looked like a major league pitcher.  Enjoy the small window.

Dee Gordon:  2/5 with his 52nd SB while hitting .287.  As great as Gordon has been, it goes to show you how silly we were saying that Billy Hamilton or anyone else would steal 100 bases.  That may never happen again.


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